The need for expertise

images (170)As the news emerges from Downing Street of the post election Cabinet appointments, it is clear that despite the lack of the Liberal Democrats, there are many conflicting challenges to be met. There is the  experienced  Minister Grant Shapps who had become something of a liability in the public domain. Many of us would have wished the Prime Minister had acted decisively and removed Mr Shapps from the front benches altogether. There is no shame in being a backbench MP and indeed it is good place from which to gain the knowledge and understanding of how parts of the world work so that should high office be offered in the future, this experience can be brought into the Cabinet. However Mr Shapps has been appointed as Minister of State at the Department for International Development. His reported response was that he is keen to get International experience. Although the Conservative Party leader is entitled to do what he wishes, we need to see a greater level of skill and knowledge being brought into Government Ministries than this appointment suggests. It is vital that newly appointed Minister particularly in the second term of a Party in control of the nation is not seen to be treating their new portfolio as a place for them to learn more about a subject which by their own admission they know little. There are several MPs who would make a good appointment in this post, one would have been Henry Smith from Crawley who has spent the last 5 years as an MP learning a great deal about International Affairs through various trips abroad and his welcoming of overseas visitors into his constituency which contains Gatwick Airport. He has also been a strong advocate of the needs of residents of other nations and unlike Mr Shapps has no baggage to risk bringing this important Ministry into disrepute.

About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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